NOTE: If applying to the UC Davis Postbaccalaureate Program please complete your FAFSA by March 2, 2020.

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female headshotThe Postbaccalaureate Program provides students with second chances and fresh starts. It brings them one step closer to their lifelong dreams.

Farsam Fraz
Postbacc Class of 2015-2016

Mission Statement

To prepare educationally and/or socio-economically disadvantaged students to matriculate into medical school. Through training in principles of inclusion, diversity and equity, our graduates will gain necessary skills to improve the health of diverse patients and communities.

Program Description

The UC Davis School of Medicine Postbaccalaureate Program is a one-year program designed to help educationally and/or socio-economically disadvantaged students become more competitive applicants to medical school. We accept first-time applicants to medical school and reapplicants.

The year-long program has three major components: MCAT preparation, the academic year and the medical school application. During the summer, students prepare for the MCAT by developing test-taking strategies and study skills. During the academic year, students enroll full-time in upper-division biological science courses on the UC Davis undergraduate campus and receive guidance on the medical school application and interview processes through a series of workshops and individual appointments.

We provide continued learning skills support throughout the academic year and meet weekly to discuss current issues related to health care disparities.

The program accepts an average of 20 students per cohort.

Download the UC Davis School of Medicine Postbaccalaureate Program brochure »

Student Commitment

Students are expected to commit full-time to this program. The three major components of the program include 36 units of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Math (BCPM), summer Medical College Admission Test preparation and the medical school application process.

  • Academic Curriculum
    During the fall, winter and spring quarters, students enroll full-time at UC Davis in rigorous upper-division science courses. Attention is placed on addressing weaknesses in a student's preparatory background and in demonstrating success in a challenging academic environment. Each participant, in close consultation with program advisors, selects the course load. Additionally, throughout the academic year students attend a seminar series focused on application preparation, professional development, health disparities and an introduction to clinical reasoning.
  • MCAT Preparation
    Beginning in mid-June, this six-week session consists of interactive instruction in learning skills and an intensive MCAT review course. Outside of class, students study in small groups and take turns teaching each other the concepts.

Jared Wagner
I feel like I have the advising and support that I need to be successful when I apply again.

Kristin Coleman-Woodson
Postbacc Class 2013-2014

  • Medical school application process
    Our program includes developing the medical school application with a writing specialist, selecting schools and preparing for interviews. In addition to workshops, individual advising is provided throughout the application process. A detailed letter of recommendation is provided for each student who completes the program successfully.


Students must secure their own housing for the program, but they receive a stipend after the academic year to help offset housing costs for the summer to focus on MCAT preparation.


The cost of the postbaccalaureate year centers on UC Davis undergraduate tuition and living expenses. Participants will work with the Financial Aid Office on the UC Davis Main Campus prior to beginning the program. Program participants are encouraged to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for optimal financial aid.

It offered the mentorship I lacked, the camaraderie of a small cohort and the academic and emotional support I needed to be a successful student. As a result, I excelled in school was accepted into several medical schools.

Adelaida Magallanes
Postbacc Class 2009-2010

To be eligible for the program you must:

  • Be a resident of California;
  • Be considered an educationally and/or socio-economically disadvantaged* student, and show evidence of a commitment to practice in a medically underserved community;
  • Have completed (or will complete before the program begins) an undergraduate degree (or higher) from an accredited American college or university;
  • Have completed all or most (minus one or two courses) of the basic prerequisite coursework for medical school;
  • Have an undergraduate and science GPA average of at least 2.7

* Our definition of socio-economically disadvantaged corresponds with that suggested by the American Medical College Application Service: from an early age, you resided in a low-income community or experienced enduring family and/or societal hardship that significantly compromised your educational opportunities.

AB-540 students are eligible to apply.


One FREE application is shared by five UC medical school postbaccalaureate programs through the UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium. The online application opens in January. The UC Davis Postbaccalaureate Program will begin considering applications in January and will use a rolling admission policy, so it is to your advantage to apply early. The final deadline is posted on the application website, and all documents must be received (not postmarked) by that deadline. Deadlines for other UC postbaccalaureate programs may vary; you are responsible for determining the application period and deadline for each program.

Through this program I became part of a supportive community of mentors and students, and received the guidance I needed to pursue my dream.

Lavinia Mihaila
Postbacc Class 2016-2017

Application components

  • Online application
  • All official college transcripts
  • Three essays
  • Personal Comment (2500 char.)
  • Postbaccalaureate Essay (2500 char.)
  • Significant Experience (2500 char.)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One from a science professor
  • One from a community service experience
  • One from a professor or employer of choice

Application Deadlines

  • First-time applicant Deadline: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • Re-applicant Deadline: Monday, May 4, 2020

Where Our Students Go

Medical school admission committees recognize the competitiveness of our students. Roughly 85% of our students were offered admissions to medical schools across the U.S. UC Davis Postbaccalaureate students have gained admissions into 320 medical schools from since 1998. Listed below are the schools that admitted students from our program.

Medical School Acceptance


Temple University

Commonwealth MC

Tulane University

Creighton University SOM

University of Arizona-Tucson

Drexel University

University of Illinois- Chicago

Albert Einstein College of Medicine MD/PHD

University of Iowa- Carver

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

University of Michigan

Georgetown University

University of Missouri- Columbia

Howard University

University of North Dakota

Indiana University SOM

University of Rochester

Kansas University SOM

University of Utah


University of Washington

Loyola University-Chicago

University of California, Davis

Medical College of Wisconsin

University of California, Davis- ACE PC

Meharry Medical College

University of California, Davis- Reach

Michigan State

University of California, Davis- Teach MS


University of California, Irvine

Morehouse College

University of California, Irvine- Prime

New York  Medical College


New York University

UCLA Geffen


UCLA Prime

Oregon Health & Science University


OU Beaumont/ Wright State

UC Riverside

Pennsylvania State University


Quinnipiac University

UCSF Prime

St. Louis University

University of Minnesota

SUNY Upstate NY

University of Southern California-Keck

SUNY Downstate NY

Wayne State

How to Request a Letter of Recommendation for Medical School Applications

To the best of our ability, the Office of Student and Resident Diversity, Post-baccalaureate Program will support your candidacy for medical school, awards, jobs, and other opportunities by providing a letter of recommendation (LOR) for you. Please follow the steps below to ensure that we can provide the letter in a timely manner.

When to Submit a Request for a Medical School Letter or Recommendation:

All requests for a letter or recommendation must be received at least six weeks before the application is due but no later than three weeks.  For those who do not request a letter at least three weeks before your application is due, a special exception will need to be requested from the Post-bac Director in writing.

What You’ll Need to Submit a Request:

  1. Current resume or CV
  2. Current Personal Statement
  3. MCAT score or date of planned MCAT
  4. Application due date

For all other letter or recommendation requests (e.g., for scholarships or jobs), please see instructions here.

How to Submit a Request:

Please send an email addressing all (4) of the points above to with the Subject line “Letter of Recommendation Request—[Your Name]” at least six weeks before the application deadline.

If you have questions regarding the UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium or your application status, please contact:

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Olivia Campa, M.D.

Faculty Director, UC Davis Postbaccalaureate Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine


Mary Rose Nancy Galindo 
Undergraduate Initiaitves Program Coordinator



headshotJose Morfin, M.D.
Faculty Director Emeritus, 2006-2018
Associate Professor of Medicine